October 29th 2014, 9:18 am PT
Back in 2004, we marveled at the stunning cinematics which delivered the biggest story moments of Halo 2. Ten years later, get ready to be blown away all over again. For Halo: The Master Chief Collection, visual effects specialist Blur Studio has rebuilt Halo 2’s cinematics, and they really do need to be seen to be believed. Here’s a preview:
For your first look at the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta and the world premiere of the first episode of Halo: Nightfall, you’ll want to join us for the HaloFest Live broadcast. Join the festivities on Xbox Live, Xbox.com and Twitch, beginning at 8 p.m. PT on Monday, November 10th.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection arrives on November 11th, and is now available for digital pre-order and pre-download here.
October 27th 2014, 12:01 pm PT
We’re now just a few hours away from the North American launch of Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive. Tonight, Insomniac Games’ Founder and CEO Ted Price and Game Director Drew Murray will join me to kick off the celebration in style, live on Twitch.
Watch live video from xbox on www.twitch.tv
Starting at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific (click to see what time that is where you live) you’ll hear directly from the developers, get your questions answered live, and see lots and lots of Sunset Overdrive – even if you’ve been watching livestreams of Sunset Overdrive over the past several days, you won’t have seen this gameplay.
And, as usual, we’ll be throwing a few surprises into the stream. So get your questions ready, and we’ll see you tonight.
October 22nd 2014, 10:00 am PT
Microsoft retail stores are celebrating the launch of Sunset Overdrive with a series of in-store events and giveaways. Every store will hold a raffle with great prizes on the line, such as controllers, Xbox Live Gold memberships, Xbox music passes, and the Xbox One consoles.
Additionally, six of the largest Microsoft stores locations will go full Sunset City; to match the WonderTown Land atmosphere in Sunset Overdrive, the Stores will have a Sunset City insipired carnival atmosphere with a photo opp, a DJ outfitted as the hero, as well as Surface demo tables and special raffle entries for giveaways and more. The following stores will have the full Sunset Overdrive experience: Bellevue Square (Bellevue, WA), The Streets at Southpoint (Durham, NC), Century City (Los Angeles, CA), Dadeland Mall (Miami, FL), Mall of America (Minneapolis, MN), and Metropolis at Metrotown (Vancouver, Canada)
All Sunset Overdrive launch events take will begin at 10 p.m. on this coming Monday, October 27th.
Microsoft retail stores also have the following exclusive pre-order offers for Sunset Overdrive:
- If you pre-order Sunset Overdrive in store before Tuesday, Oct. 28, receive a $10 gift card for Microsoft Stores or $10 to spend in the Xbox Store if you order on MicrosoftStore.com. If you pre-order online and are an Xbox Live Rewards member, you get an additional $5, which is $15 or 15,000 points total, towards the Xbox Store..
- With Sunset Overdrive pre-orders through Microsoft Store, users will get exclusive melee weapons Acordes de la Muerte and The Hangover as an added bonus to the Day One Edition. They’ll also receive an exclusive white controller holder with the pre-order of the Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Bundle.
- Everyone who pre-orders Sunset Overdrive bundle receives a special controller stand to match your new, white Xbox One system.
- Trade in your Xbox 360 or PS3 and receive $100 towards your Xbox One console purchase. More details about our game and console trade-in program here.
- The first 100 customers who pre-order Sunset Overdrive in each store will receive a special edition t-shirt
There are over 100 Microsoft retail stores in the US and Canada. Find your nearest location here.
October 8th 2014, 6:00 am PT
From E3 to gamescom to Tokyo Game Show, we’ve been running full-speed to game events around the globe. This week we arrive at our next milestone: Brasil Game Show 2014. BGS takes place in Sao Paulo, October 9-12, and it’s the biggest gaming event in Latin America.
For those of you in Sao Paulo, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to meet our developers, play the best lineup of games and take in all the frenetic delights our industry has to offer. The team is bringing an awesome games line-up for the Xbox booth.
Here’s what you need to know:
- When: Thursday, October 9 through Sunday, October 12, 1:00-9:00 PM BRT
- Where: Expo Centre Norte, Sao Paulo, Rua José Bernardo Pinto 333
- What you can do: Play at any of our 70 game stations running more than 20 upcoming Xbox titles. Talk to the developers. Get the latest news from our partners.
- Games: Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza Horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive, EA Sports FIFA 15, UFC, Project Spark, Killer Instinct, Happy Wars, Minecraft Xbox One Edition, ScreamRide, Ori The Blind Forest, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Disney Infinity Marvel, Lara Croft the Temple of Osiris, ID@Xbox titles, Ryse: Son of Rome Legendary Edition, Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Just Dance, Dance Central, Kinect Sports Rivals
For anyone not lucky enough to be in Sao Paulo, keep an eye on @XboxBR for regular BGS updates.
September 26th 2014, 12:01 pm PT
Forza Horizon 2 launches next week, and Microsoft retail stores are planning activities to mark the occasion on Day 1 and beyond. On Tuesday, September 30th – launch day – at least the first 25 customers to pick up their copy of the game at each of the 104 Microsoft retail stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will receive a Forza Horizon 2 gift bag.
If you pre-order Forza Horizon 2 in store before Tuesday, receive a $10 gift card for Microsoft Stores or $10 to spend in the Xbox Store if you order on MicrosoftStore.com. A pre-order will also net you a Microsoft Store-exclusive in-game code to unlock the Audi RS 4 Avant in-game.
Additionally, select Microsoft retail stores will have Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheels available for purchase at $99.99, while supplies last.
Microsoft Stores across the country will also host gameplay tournaments from Tuesday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 5. To find out more about tournaments, contact your local store.
If you don’t want to compete, you can try the game, pick up a copy of Forza Horizon 2, and get a custom Forza photo taken. You can also trade in your Xbox 360 or PS3 and receive $100 towards your Xbox One console purchase. More details about our game and console trade-in program here.
September 8th 2014, 2:15 pm PT
Destiny is mere hours away from launch on Xbox One and Xbox 360, and we know many of you want to play as soon as possible. Join us tonight for the midnight launch party at your local Microsoft retail store and be among the first to experience Destiny.
As you might expect, you’ll be able to grab your copy of Destiny at midnight, but attendees will actually be able to go hands-on earlier, as Destiny stations go live in-store starting at 10 P.M. local time.
Bonus: the first 100 people to pick up their pre-order will get an exclusive Destiny swag bag, and we’ll also raffle off prizes and serve snacks for guests.
If you don’t already have an Xbox One, there are a number of specials going on this week as well. Pick up an Xbox One at the Microsoft Store and you’ll receive a $50 Xbox Gift Card AND a FREE game, for a limited time only. Microsoft Stores are also offering a $100 credit if you trade in your old Xbox 360 towards your Xbox One purchase.
Nearly every store in the US and Canada is participating this evening, so check here to find your nearest Microsoft Store location: msft.it/destiny
If you can’t make it out to a launch event tonight, we invite you to join us for a live Twitch broadcast of Destiny, beginning 9pm Pacific/Midnight Eastern. We’ll be broadcasting from the Bellevue, Washington store (just a few blocks away from Bungie HQ), and playing through the early hours of Destiny. We might even toss a few giveaways into the chat stream as well…
Want to play with us? Join the Major Nelson Xbox Clan here, and we’ll see you tonight!
September 3rd 2014, 9:32 am PT
In preparation for the launch of Forza Horizon 2 on September 30th, we’re excited to announce that all Xbox Live Gold members can enjoy Forza Motorsport 5 for free this entire upcoming weekend. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. PDT, Thursday, September 4 through 11:59 p.m. PDT, Sunday, September 7, Gold members in Xbox One markets can enjoy Forza Motorsport 5, in entirety and for free.
The Forza Motorsport 5 weekend will allow you to check out the full Forza experience with special in-game challenges, online play, and collect achievements and Gamerscore. After the weekend, you’ll have the option to purchase the game online from the Xbox Games Store or visit your favorite retailer and continue playing from where you left off.
Additionally, Turn 10 has some special events planned for the weekend; for more details on the click over to Xbox Wire.
September 2nd 2014, 4:02 pm PT
As Xbox is headquartered in the Seattle area, PAX Prime is a special event for us. This year, we were thrilled to invite the Xbox faithful over to our house to play some games. Hundreds of you took us up on the offer; take a look:
At the event, we showcased 29 new and upcoming ID@Xbox titles, including Volgarr the Viking, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, and the just-released Warframe. Couch co-op and competitive multiplayer was on full display, with titles like #IDARB, Chariot, Knight Squad, and SlashDash drawing crowds (and lots of shouting).
So we’d like to offer a sincere thank you to those who made the trip out to Redmond, including those who braved a rush hour ride on the Sunset Overdrive bus. Your enthusiasm and sheer numbers are strong encouragement for us to go big next year as well.
And, of course, we’ll keep all of you updated on when these games hit the Xbox Games Store.
August 25th 2014, 4:43 pm PT
In the coming weeks, all 103 Microsoft Stores will be hosting a series of in-store events to celebrate the launches of Madden NFL 15 and Destiny.
To kick off the launch of the Xbox One Madden NFL 15 Bundle and the start of the football season, 60 Stores in U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will be hosting tournaments for Madden NFL 15. Sign up for local challenges or watch the best in your area compete from Aug. 26 through Sept. 5. To find out more about tournaments check with your local store.
Additionally, on Sept. 6 all Microsoft Stores will host a Madden and NFL Kickoff Party just in time for the official opening weekend of football season. Attend the day long festivities, including hands-on gameplay, giveaways and a fun photo opp putting your face on the cover the game. The first 25 fans to pick up their copy of Madden NFL 15 this day will receive their very own NFL gift bag.
If you didn’t pre-order your limited edition Xbox One Madden NFL 15 Bundle, which includes a copy of Madden NFL 15, you can pick one up during one of these store events. You can also trade in your Xbox 360 or PS3 and receive $100 towards your purchase.
Then, to celebrate Destiny’s upcoming launch, Microsoft retail stores will begin the countdown to midnight launch with events starting at 10 p.m. on Sept. 8 with early gameplay access, giveaways, food, drink, and more. You’ll have a chance to get your hands on the game before picking up your copy. Additionallly, Microsoft Stores offer a $10 gift card for pre-orders of any game in the Store, including Destiny, or $10 on Xbox Live if you order on MicrosoftStore.com.
August 25th 2014, 8:39 am PT
Labor Day might just mean a long weekend for some, but for gamers, it’s PAX Prime time: four days of games, panels, and camaraderie with our fellow players. As is custom, Xbox has a lot planned – Washington is our home base, after all. Here are some highlights – find the full rundown over at Xbox Wire.
Thursday: ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House
PAX doors don’t officially open until Friday, but we know a lot folks get into town early. That’s why we’re inviting everyone over to Microsoft’s Redmond Campus to play some new and upcoming indies on Xbox One. The event starts at 6pm, and we’ll even give you a ride. Find all the details here.
Saturday: Major Nelson Radio at PAX Prime
Saturday, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
For the 10th year in a row, it’s Major Nelson Radio at PAX Prime! Like a fine wine that has gotten better with age, Major Nelson Radio goes down smooth and leaves no bitter aftertaste.
Join Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, e, lollip0p and JEF United as we record an episode of the award winning podcast “Major Nelson Radio” LIVE in front of a studio audience. We will have prizes, guests and probably fun.
Note: Clowns are not permitted at the recording.
Friday-Monday: Visit the Xbox Booth
The Xbox Booth [#412] is the place to play this holiday’s hottest blockbusters! We’ll be featuring hands-on Xbox One exclusives like Sunset Overdrive, remastered Halo 2 Anniversary and Forza Horizon 2, the highly anticipated Electronic Arts title Dragon Age: Inquisition and digital favorites like Ori and the Blind Forest, Killer Instinct, Project Spark, and Project Totem, plus various ID@Xbox titles.
We’re also leading panels, participating in Pinny Arcade, hosting a Halo Tournament with Twitch and giving PAX fans a way to put themselves in the world of Sunset City at the Paramount Theatre. Learn more about these activities plus more at our U.S. Events Website.
To learn more about what you’ll find when you visit the Xbox Booth, including Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sunset Overdrive, and Dragon Age Inquisition, click here.
General PAX Info
EXHIBIT HALL HOURS
Friday, August 29 – 9:00 am to 6 pm (press only until 10:00 am)
Saturday, August 30 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, August 31 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Monday, September 1 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
See PAX website for extended event hours and other evening activities. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you starting this Thursday.
August 21st 2014, 1:43 pm PT
With tons of ID@Xbox titles coming in the next 12 months from some amazing independent developers, we simply couldn’t fit them all in the Xbox booth. So we decided to give them their own event, and you’re invited.
We’re throwing open the doors at the scenic Microsoft Campus – come see where we work, come play our games, and kick off PAX Prime weekend with hundreds of fellow gamers.
Here’s what you need to know:
When: Thursday, August 28th from 6:00 PM til 8:30 PM)
Where: Microsoft Building 92, 15010 NE 36th Street, Redmond, WA 98052 (directions here)
Who: Xbox fans 18 and older (under 18 allowed with parent/guardian)
What you can do: Play over 25 upcoming ID@Xbox titles. Talk to the devs. See the beautiful Xbox campus.
Admission cost: FREE
We know many of you will be in town for PAX Prime, and we’ve got you covered. We’ve commandeered the Sunset Overdrive bus to get you here – Overcharge included! Shuttles will pick up from the Seattle Convention Center area (map here!) at 430pm and 630pm, returning to the Convention Center at 8pm and 930pm.
NOTE: the bus has limited capacity, and are first-come-first-served. If you drive, we’ll have plenty of parking for you on-site.
See you next Thursday!
UPDATE: Here’s the confirmed list of playable titles at the event:
||Iron Galaxy Studios, LLC
|Dungeon of the Endless
||Reverb Triple XP
||Jackbox Games, Inc.
|Funk of Titans
||A Crowd of Monster S.L.
|Legend of Raven
||Stage 2 Studios, LLC
|Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
||Asteroid Base Inc.
|Never Alone (Kisima Innitchuna)
|No Time to Explain
|Pneuma: Breath of Life
|QUBE: Director’s Cut
|Rivals of Aether
|The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
||Hidden Variable Studios
|Unmechanical: Advanced Edition
||GRIP Digital s.r.o.
|Volgarr the Viking
||Crazy Viking Studios LLC
August 15th 2014, 4:04 am PT
Like I did at E3, I recorded a below Binaural Audio Tour – this time at Gamescom.
If you listen to this with headphones on, you’ll have the maximum effect of actually being on the show floor with me.
Recorder: Zoom H1
Microphones: In-Ear Binaural Mics
August 12th 2014, 9:33 am PT
It’s been a busy day here at gamescom, as we’ve shared a lot of news and new trailers and gameplay demos with folks here in Cologne and around the world. For those of you perhaps just waking up in another part of the world, feel free to re-live the entire show at your leisure right here. If not, here’s an at-a-glance view of many of the day’s happenings:
Sunset Overdrive, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and FIFA 15 bundles coming this holiday.
First look at Quantum Break gameplay.
The Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta will run from Dec. 29, 2014 through Jan. 18, featuring 4 vs. 4 showdowns, seven maps and three game types.
Sanctuary revealed as the fourth of six fan-favorite Halo 2 multiplayer maps being reimagined for Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming holiday 2015, exclusively on Xbox
ID@Xbox gamescom montage video:
ScreamRide coming exclusively to Xbox One and Xbox 360 this Spring.
Evolve beta hits Xbox One in January
Rolls Royce coming to Forza Motorsport 5
Before the show even started this morning, we announced a number of new features, including DLNA support, boot to TV, support for a whole host of media filetypes, and much more.
Sign up for the Fable Legends multiplayer beta at fablelegends.com. Go!
August 12th 2014, 4:24 am PT
Guten Morgen from Cologne, Germany, home of gamescom. In just a few minutes, we’ll be making announcements, demoing upcoming titles, and sharing new trailers with Xbox fans from around the world. This year, we’re streaming live on Xbox.com, your Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows Phone (download the app here) and on Twitch. Or just watch right here, beginning at 2pm local time (find out what time that is where you live by clicking here).
Be sure to keep watching after the briefing concludes, as we demo some of our biggest holiday titles live, including Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza Horizon 2, and Sunset Overdrive.
August 11th 2014, 9:00 am PT
Gamescom week begins today, with the world premiere of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer broadcast live from Cologne, Germany.
Xbox Live’s Aceybongos and I will interview Sledgehammer Games,the creators of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare interviews and debut the new multiplayer trailer. Watch it all unfold below, or, if you’d like to watch from your living room, launch the live events player on your Xbox One or Xbox 360.
The event begins today at 19:00 CET (1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific), so see you then. UPDATE: the event has concluded, but you may enjoy a full replay here.
Here’s the just-released official Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Multiplayer Reveal Trailer:
August 8th 2014, 1:00 pm PT
The world’s largest videogames event, gamescom, is just days away. Xbox is going big in Cologne, Germany next week, and for the first time, you’ll be able to follow along at home – LIVE.
CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE MULTIPLAYER WORLD PREMIERE FROM GAMESCOM:
Tune in on Monday, August 11th at 19:00 CET (1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific) to see Sledgehammer Games present the exclusive live reveal of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer. More details can be found here, and I’ll set up a post on majornelson.com Monday with a video embed for easy viewing.
GAMESCOM 2014 XBOX BRIEFING AND AFTER SHOW:
For the first time, watch the gamescom Xbox Briefing live from wherever you are. The broadcast begins Tuesday, August 12th at 14:00 local time (which is 8am Eastern and an eye-opening 5am Pacific – set your alarm).
Immediately following gamescom 2014 Xbox Briefing, stay tuned for live playthroughs of some of our biggest holiday titles. Hosted by Major Nelson and AceyBongos. explore Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 2, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and more with the developers.
Watch everything on Xbox.com, your Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows Phone (download the app here) or on Twitch.
TWITCH XBOX BOOTH STREAMING:
We’ll be broadcasting live to www.Twitch.tv/Xbox direct from the Xbox booth from all gamescom long. We’re lining up a packed schedule of key first and third party Xbox One titles, including developer guest appearances. More details to come next week.
Of course, I’ll be tweeting from @majornelson all week long, and updating this site. Xbox Wire will be previewing nearly every Xbox game at the show throughout the week, and look for daily videos on Xbox One and Xbox 360 Dashboard.
See you live on Monday!
August 1st 2014, 5:01 am PT
It’s officially August, and that means it’s nearly time for gamescom, the world’s busiest gaming convention. This year, we’re kickstarting our week in Cologne, Germany, with a live special you can enjoy at home.
Join me, Xbox Live’s Aceybongos, and the creators of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for the world broadcast premiere of the next generation of Call of Duty multiplayer during a special live event streamed on Xbox Live.
Tune in on August 11th 19:00 CET (1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific) to see Sledgehammer Games present the exclusive live reveal of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer, featuring exclusive interviews and the world premiere of the new multiplayer trailer.
Here’s a taste:
We have plenty more planned for gamescom 2014, and we can’t wait to share more with you soon.
July 26th 2014, 8:59 am PT
This year’s San Diego Comic Con has been a haven for Halo fans, with two panels packing the halls to learn more about Halo: Nightfall and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. While Comic-con panels are rarely livestreamed, 343 Industries has now made the entirety of the panel available for viewing. Here, meet the stars and creators of Halo: Nightfall:
For those of you at San Diego Comic-con this weekend, be sure to drop by the 2nd floor of the Manchester Grand Hyatt to go hands on with dozens of upcoming Xbox One titles, meet some of the devs who are creating them, and get your hands on super-limited-edition collectibles. More details here.
July 22nd 2014, 2:54 pm PT
We’re planning a lot of great stuff at San Diego Comic Con later this week. But what if you don’t have a badge (they do usually sell out in a fraction of a second)? Well, we’d still like you to see everything we’ve got on offer at the Xbox Lounge.
We’ve been able to clear access for several dozen non-badged Xbox fans this Thursday night only. Drop by, play games that aren’t even out yet, and make everyone else jealous. Easy!
Here’s what you need to know:
When: Thursday, July 24th at 9:00 PM (open til Midnight)
Where: Manchester Hyatt San Diego, 2nd Floor, Seaport Ballroom
(look for the line labeled “Xbox Community/Major Nelson”)
Who: Xbox fans 21 and older (ID will be checked!)
What you can do: Play Sunset Overdrive, Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, Fable Legends, Ori and The Blind Forest, Madden NFL 15 and much more (!) Talk to the devs. See and be seen.
Attendance is limited, but if you do have a Comic-con Badge, feel free to drop by the lounge throughout the week.
See you Thursday!
July 21st 2014, 11:59 am PT
Are you ready for the Destiny Beta on Xbox? This coming Wednesday, we invite you to join us to help celebrate the launch of the beta everyone will be playing this week. Since we’ll be in San Diego for Comic-con, we’re inviting locals to join us at the San Diego Microsoft Store at Fashion Valley Mall.
We’ll be broadcasting the Destiny beta on Xbox One over Twitch from the store, before raffling off some great prizes to those in attendance. Bonus: the first 100 attendees will receive a code for the Destiny beta for Xbox, redeemable on Bungie.net.
Here’s everything you need to know:
When: Wednesday, July 23rd at 5:00 PM
Where: Fashion Valley Microsoft retail store in San Diego
Who: everyone is welcome
Once the broadcast is concluded, we’ll be sticking around with our friends at Razer for their event, which continues at the Microsoft Store until 11pm. They’ve got a lot planned, so be sure to find all the details here.
If you’re planning on attending, please let us know by RSVPing on this event’s page on Facebook. This event is free, and you don’t need Comic-con passes to attend. See you there!
If you miss us on Wednesday, make sure to swing by the Microsoft Store outside of the Xbox Lounge at the Manchester Hyatt. They’ll be running Comic-con-only Xbox offers on-site, including console and pre-order game offers.